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06 February 2009 @ 01:06 pm
giant snakes, mosquito terrorism, and bonus Froomkin  
Ooh. The faith-based initiative gets a church-and-state check. Clever! Also, changing the debate on abortion?

Andrew Cohen on the terror law authors.

Virginia moves closer to a smoking ban.

* Ouch. The jobless rate skyrockets. Scary stuff.
* Dan Froomkin on the latest Cheney offensive, plus having a president who admits mistakes.
* Transforming a Republican party that doesn't want to change.
* A flaw in China's armor?
* Iran launches a satellite.
* Newsweek discovers steampunk.
* The AV Club talks with Adam Baldwin.
* Cramps singer Lux Interior passed away.

Cripes! The largest snake ever was really quite large. Bonus: the Explainer, on how prehistoric animals got so big.

The coolest thing you'll read today: Bill Gates unleashes a swarm of mosquitoes at a conference. (Courtesy hammerforge.)

PMMJ: Rock Starcheetahmaster on February 6th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
More on Lux Interior at Coilhouse.
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on February 6th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
PMMJ: Marylandcheetahmaster on February 6th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
funk bomb = dropped
"In fact, the list of cuts is so politically sensitive that no one from the regional Metro advisory group who signed off on the measures is willing to sit at the table and give the PowerPoint presentation to the board's finance committee Thursday, sources said. And Metro staffers are equally reluctant to make the presentation because they do not want to be associated with the proposals."
Brian: Gay Threadvwvortexer on February 6th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Irony alert!
Thoughtful Republicans have long recognized that. In 2005, then RNC chair Ken Mehlman apologized for the so-called Southern strategy. "Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong," said Mehlman at the national convention of the NAACP.

Ken Mehlman is a closeted gay man, and was still using his position as RNC chair to promote gay-baiting as a way to win elections.

What it shows is that even when the Republican party says it's changing, it's just lip service.